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Board for struggling district lays off teachers

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The board for a struggling school district has voted to lay off nearly all of its teachers and staff amid uncertainty about whether classes will take place in the fall.

The Saginaw News reports the Board of Education for the Buena Vista School District near Saginaw on Tuesday approved layoffs for teachers effective Wednesday, the last day of school. Administrative staff will work through Friday.

The state legislature passed a plan to dissolve the financially strapped district and the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the 1965 voting rights act that opens the door for the state to move forward with that dissolution.

Even though the district is facing dissolution, administrators are still required to pass a budget, even if it's a budget with a huge deficit.

Board members passed such a budget, one that's paints the district as remaining financially strained for a while.

School officials the district will have about $2,000 as of July 5.

Board President Randy L. Jackson says the district still is making plans for fall classes. The board approved an application to request a $2.5 million loan from the state to help keep running.

The district had laid off teachers and closed for part of May because it said it couldn't make payroll.

The board also learned that it wasn't levying enough taxes on residents. So they voted unanimously to raise it from 5 mils to 7-point-92 mils.

So for every one thousand dollars of taxable value on your home, you will pay 2-dollars and 92 cents more in taxes next year.

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